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  1. So why did Jayson Werth switch agents anyway?

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    If your answer is “because he wants top dollar in free agency and Scott Boras is the man to get it for him,” you may be wrong. In a story I didn’t see because Newsday is behind a really expensive paywall, Ken Davidoff reported that one of Werth’s goals is to pay his agent a…

  2. FanHouse's David Whitley cannot explain the concept of love to his children

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Last week I wrote of my distaste of the casual homophobia fostered by the Kiss Cam and some St. Louis fans’ desire to use it as a means of protest.  I missed this at the time, but David Whitley of FanHouse wrote about it on the same day. He took a bit of a different…

  3. Jerry Hairston Jr. has been playing through a fractured leg for the past two months

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    For two months now Jerry Hairston Jr. has been playing through leg pain that he believed was shin splints, but the Padres announced this afternoon that he has a fractured tibia. He’ll miss the remainder of the regular season and also won’t be available if San Diego makes the playoffs. Hairston previously missed the end…

  4. Were you aware that David Eckstein was a short, scrappy winner?

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    You would think that after ten seasons of people constantly writing some variation of the “David Eckstein may be small, but he’s a scrappy winner!” story, eventually newspapers would stop running it. You would think that, but you would be wrong. From the L.A. Times: If David Eckstein  is right, if players like him are…

  5. Bobby Parnell shut down for the season with elbow injury

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    It’s been, like, hours since the latest bit of bad news for the Mets, so Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Bobby Parnell has been shut down for the remainder of the season with “inflammation of the plica in his right elbow.” Parnell has been one of the few bright spots on the team this…

  6. HBT Daily: Braves-Phillies and the NL West

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    In which I finally give (non-snarky) props to Cole Hamels for pitching well last night. And yes, I taped this before you guys started yelling at me about it.

  7. Takashi Saito cleared to rejoin bullpen after shoulder scare

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Atlanta received some good news yesterday, as an MRI exam revealed merely tendinitis in Takashi Saito’s sore shoulder. Bobby Cox said he “was prepared for that to be the end” for the 40-year-old Saito when he exited Friday’s game with arm pain, but he’s expected to be available out of the Braves’ bullpen at some…

  8. The Rays sent in the wrong reliever last night

    Sep 21, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    I found it odd that righty Grant Balfour was brought in to face lefty Curtis Granderson last night — Granderson homered — but I didn’t think much about it.  I’m just realizing now that it was a screwup by the Rays: Joe Maddon had apparently wanted lefty Randy Choate, but a miscommunication with the bullpen…

  9. FBI arrests man plotting to bomb area around Wrigley Field

    Sep 21, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    According to the Chicago Tribune the FBI has arrested Sami Samir Hassoun and charged the 22-year-old Lebanese man with “plotting to bomb a strip of crowded Wrigleyville night spots around the time people were leaving a Dave Matthews concert at the ballpark over the weekend.” Hassoun “was arrested as he placed a backpack containing what…

  10. Which teams will fire their managers this offseason?

    Sep 21, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    How many skipper openings will their be this year? Five? Ten? I’ll go with eight.

  11. Finally! Chris Carter gets first hit after starting career 0-for-33

    Sep 21, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    It still isn’t very pretty, but .029 sure looks a lot better than .000 for Chris Carter. After beginning his career in a brutal 0-for-33 slump that included 13 strikeouts, Carter finally delivered his first hit last night with a sharp single to left field off White Sox reliever Scott Linebrink. And then the A’s…

  12. Quote of the Day: Matt Diaz on The Red Man

    Sep 21, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Hey look: the Braves actually hit something last night!

  13. Erick Aybar shut down for season with possible sports hernia

    Sep 21, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Erick Aybar will be examined by a specialist today to determine if he has a sports hernia, but regardless of the news the Angels have shut down the shortstop for the remainder of the season. Aybar injured his groin two weeks ago, but played through the pain until last Wednesday when he aggravated things while…

  14. The Nats should have known that Carlos Alvarez wasn't who he said he was

    Sep 21, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Remember that big stink in early 2009 in which the Nats gave a big signing bonus to a guy who was found out to be four years older than they thought he was?  And that he was, you know, a totally different person than they thought he was.  Boy, was that embarrassing! But it gets…

  15. Josh Hamilton visited specialist in Los Angeles for rib injury

    Sep 21, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton hasn’t played since bruising his ribs crashing into the outfield wall on September 4 and Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that the MVP candidate visited a specialist in Los Angeles yesterday to get another opinion on the injury. Hamilton has been completely shut down since experiencing pain while trying to take some swings…

  16. Questions swirl about the Rockies' humidor

    Sep 21, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    And by “questions swirl” I mean “lots of people are wanting to make an accusation about the Rockies messing with the humidor, but don’t have enough evidence to do so, so they phrase their accusations in the form of questions so as to make it seem like they’re not accusing anyone of anything”: The humidor…

  17. Joe Mauer to undergo MRI exam on sore left knee

    Sep 21, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Still sore after tweaking his left knee over the weekend, Joe Mauer is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today. Ron Gardenhire made it clear that the MRI is merely precautionary, saying team doctors “don’t expect anything” serious to be discovered, but because Mauer missed most of his rookie season in 2004 following surgery on…

  18. Andrew Bailey is shut down indefinitely

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    And even worse than that for the A’s closer, he’s off to Alabama: Bailey, the A’s two-time All-Star closer, has been shut down for several days with elbow soreness and will see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama this week. Bailey believes the issue is the same one he had in the spring: tennis elbow. The…

  19. Gavin Floyd's season is over unless he's "200 percent"

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    Gavin Floyd pitched really well until his last couple of starts, with those missteps being the result of some shoulder tightness. Now that the Sox are all but officially eliminated his season is over.  Well, there’s a slight chance that he could pitch again. Ozzie Guillen says that he can go on Sunday if he’s…

  20. Curtis Granderson goes crazy as the Yankees extend their lead

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    I gave the Yankees-Rays game short shrift in the recaps this morning because (a) I was preoccupied with the Steinbrenner monument; and (b) it wasn’t exactly a drama-filled game. But one guy definitely deserves more props, and that’s Curtis Granderson. He hit two homers, walked twice, drove in five and stole a base. Granderson has…

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